Here are four tasks that gardeners in Southern California should do this week:
Monitor plants at least every other day during warm weather and every day during hot weather to catch wilting, irrigation, pest, disease, weed, and other problems early.
Maintain or add mulch; consider adding extra mulch to a total depth of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches to keep soil cool during summer heat.
Harvest summer crops. Harvest aggressively before heat waves, including whole plants or all vegetables for any remaining cool-season crops and sensitive warm-season crops such as zucchini.
Provide consistent soil moisture and shade during heat waves; see GardenZeus Tips for Shading Vegetables During Hot Weather for creative ideas for providing shade.
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